Wednesday, June 5, 2019

IWSG: Choosing Favorites

Welcome to the first Wednesday of the month. You know what that means! It's time to let our insecurities hang out. Yep, it's the Insecure Writer's Support Group blog hop. If you're a writer at any stage of career, I highly recommend this blog hop as a way to connect with other writers for support, sympathy, ideas, and networking.

If you're a reader, it's a great way to peek behind the curtain of a writing life.

This month's wonderful co-hosts are Diane Burton, Kim Lajevardi, Sylvia Ney, Sarah Foster, Jennifer Hawes, and Madeline Mora-Summonte

Be sure to check out their blogs (and others on this great blog hop) when you're finished here! This month's (optional) question: Of all the genres you read and write, which is your favorite to write in and why?

I've written the most superhero, so you might think it's my favorite, and I do love my superpower set.

But the truth is that what I really love writing is something I haven't written before. 

That's why I've spent the past year writing young adult dystopian romance (three things I've never done all in one project!) and why my next project is a Gothic romance.

It's why my back burner project list of partially complete manuscripts includes a paranormal middle grades, a historical fiction trilogy, and a work of women's issues fiction.

My short story catalogue is even more diverse, from superhero, to Golden Age exploratory science fiction, to daylight ghost stories, to Southern Gothic, to mad science, to horror (upcoming release!).

Pretty much, my motto is: "variety is the spice of a writing life."

I really love exploring something new and finding my own take on it. Both as a reader and a writer, I'm looking for something I haven't seen before, or at least a new twist or angle on something I feel like I already know. For me, it's a way to keep my enthusiasm high. As soon as I feel like I've mastered a challenge, it's time to take on a new one. The spice must flow!

How about the rest of you out there? Are you devotee of any particular genre or more of an omni-reader/writer? I'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments.


  1. That's great that you can write in different genres. I love dystopian so it's awesome that you're writing one. Because I still work, I haven't had enough time to explore new genres. I love and write fantasies for now.

  2. I love that you experiment with new-to-you genres. I like to do that, too, and have quite a few unfinished manuscripts sitting around to show for it. I always assume I'll go back to them someday.

  3. I love that you want to write different genres! I would hate the idea of only writing one genre. I like to read many different genres, so why not write them, too?

  4. Wishing you all the best with your Gothic romance. I admire you taking on genres that you've never written in.
    Shalom aleichem,
    Pat G @ EverythingMustChange

  5. My back-burner list keeps on growing, too, and is full of different genres. One of them is a New Adult dystopian romance. ;)

  6. I've hopped from mystery to horror to romance--and plan to keep hopping.

  7. I love finding new takes on things, too. It's fun to imagine and see what I come up with.

  8. When it comes to reading and writing genre I'm what you call a hopper. The past couple of years though I've been sticking to romance. And like you I have files of story ideas and or half finished projects in a myriad of genres. Like paranormal mystery, dystopian ya, etc.

  9. I'll read almost anything, but I stick to a mystery-cross. I'm quirky hat way. :-)

    Anna from elements of emaginette

  10. Challenging yourself by writing in different genres is part of fun. I love making doing something I haven't done before and figuring it out--even if it takes a million hair-pulling drafts. Great post!